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Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed

A watershed is an area of land that drains (or sheds) water into a body of water such as a creek, wetland, or lake. The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District (RPBCWD) is a special unit of government that protects the watersheds of Riley Creek, Purgatory Creek, and Bluff Creek through:

  • Protection and improvement of water resources
  • Partnering with local communities
  • Public engagement
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Featured Story
calendar iconJanuary 5, 2023
2023 Photo Contest Now Open
We want to see your best photographs that feature our lakes, streams, parks, wildlife, plants, recreation, or anything else outdoors that inspires you! Winning photographs will be featured in our 2024 calendar.
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November 15, 2022

Apply to Join our Citizen Advisory Committee!

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November 7, 2022

Become a Minnesota Water Steward

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October 13, 2022

Notice of Open Water on Rice Marsh Lake

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50 years of watershed history

Since 1969, the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District has partnered with its communities to protect, manage and restore local water resources. Take a trip through our history, and explore the ways that local residents, organizations and government partners have shaped the waters of this community!

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